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Cisco, Google Collaborate on Chromebook #EnterpriseCon

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Google and Cisco are putting their enterprise collaboration faith into the little $200 laptop.

Or maybe they're just trying to gang up on Microsoft.

No matter how you slice it, the companies announced today at Enterprise Connect in Orlando a collaboration for collaboration software: the Cisco WebEx experience on Google's Chromebook and the integration of Cisco UC technologies into Google Apps.

Google Drive Offers Add-Ons, Cash to Microsoft Office Users

add-ons.jpgOne hit apparently deserves another. Just a few weeks after Microsoft Office dealt another blow in the ongoing slugfest with Google Drive, the Internet giant is fighting back.

In the past three days, Google has made two announcements that are creating new disruptions.  One of them — a new Office 365 to Google Apps referral program — seems specifically designed to annoy Microsoft,  while the  other, the release of third-party add-ons to Google Apps, adds additional functionality.

Document Mgt Roll-up: Boston Snubs Microsoft, Adobe Closing Workspaces

It’s slow in the document management space after the holidays, but there are still some notable points — including the fact the City of Boston has turned to Google and away from Microsoft. Meanwhile, Adobe is shutting down Workspaces, Dell and PSIGEN have formalized their partnership and Microsoft has announced some of the price plans for Power BI for Office 365.

Cirrus Insight to Unite Salesforce, Gmail on Mobile Devices

Cirrus Insight to Unite Salesforce + Gmail on Mobile DevicesBefore Salesforce launched Salesforce1 to help companies build mobile sales apps, there was a startup called Cirrus Insight. It began working on a mobile app to bring Salesforce features to the smartphones and tablets of Gmail users. The app is now being piloted, and Cirrus has also announced integration with Conga, a popular Salesforce document builder.

MetaVis Bashes Google with Office 365 Migration Tool

Microsoft has just taken another pop at Google, this time with the help of MetaVis Technologies. MetaVis, which develops software to help organize SharePoint and Office 365 environments, launched a new migration wizard that can quickly move content from Google Apps to Office 365.

With the expanded MetaVis Architect Suite customers can migrate File Shares, Google Drive, Exchange Public folder or SharePoint content to SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online.

Microsoft Office Is Still the Productivity Suite Leader

For Microsoft, Forrester's recent report on productivity suites and alternatives to Office 2013 just couldn’t get better. It shows that while there are alternatives to Microsoft Office, most enterprises aren’t even looking at them. It also shows that if Office 2013 still hasn’t gained the traction Microsoft would like it to, it is only because most users are still on the 2010 version. 

Google Voice Search Extended to Gmail Contacts

Gmail search expanded.jpgOver the past year Google has been pushing the boundaries of its search capabilities in an ongoing field trial. Over that time it has added all kinds of new functionalities. Today, it has announced that participants will be able to pull results from their Gmail contacts from Search.

HP and Google Team Up to Put Squeeze on Microsoft with SMB IT in a Box #HPDiscover

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If Microsoft was feeling the pressure on its Office division before HP Discover, yesterday’s announcement that HP and Google are teaming up to provide SMB IT in a Box will aggravate the problem. The bottom line is that the new partnership offers small businesses ways to avoid buying Office.

KiSSFLOW Adds Workflow to Gmail Using Quick Action Buttons

Its only been one week since Google I/O, but already some of the functionality that was announced by Google is being offered by third-party vendors. Today, it’s OrangeScape, which is offering a number of quick action buttons in its KiSSFLOW workflow builder.

LogMeIn Debuts AppGuru for Organizing the Apps People Bring to Work

screenshot-appguru-2013.png Ever feel the need to use the apps already on on your mobile device instead of the work approved ones from your IT department? LogMeIn has developed a tool called AppGuru to help those IT teams organize the mobile apps people can't seem to resist bringing to work.

Google Offers Office Access for iPad, CloudOn Offers Office Support for iPhone

It’s Christmas so a lot of people will be expecting iPads, even if it’s only one of the older versions. While that’s all well and good, what will really make this Christmas special are the apps that go with it. One of the biggest problems to date has been the inability to use Office and Office documents on the iPad. This week however, Google has announced that it will be making Office users’ Christmas dreams come true with iPad access.

Microsoft, Google Exchange Blows Over Gmail, Calendar, Contacts and Email

There’s nothing like the season of goodwill to bring out the best in technology giants. In the case of Microsoft and Google, just when you might have thought they couldn’t find anything else to fight over, they’ve started slinging shots at each other over email and contacts synching.

No More Free Google Apps for Businesses

Bad news for many -- Google has killed off its free Apps suite for businesses, but luckily those that already have accounts set up are in the clear.

IBM Launches SmartCloud Docs, New Cloud Collaboration Features

IBM has been preparing SmartCloud Docs (SCD) for quite a while now and has made no secret of it. Today’s announcement comes as part of a much bigger picture around IBM’s cloud computing ambitions and also sees the release of new services -- the IBM SmartCloud.

Mavenlink and ViWo Launch Apps Domain Pros, Improve Google Apps Implementation

What happens when the number one application in the Google Apps Marketplace and the number one Google Apps SMB Reseller join forces?

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